sustainable manufacturing practices
Sustainable manufacturing integrates operational improvements that reduce the environmental impacts of manufacturing processes. GreenCircle will verify that sustainable manufacturing practices have been implemented and will certify the environmental reductions within an organization's operations.
Objective: Certify a manufacturer has reduced their energy, water and/or waste by implementing sustainable manufacturing practices.
Definitions: Integrating sustainable practices into manufacturing operations to improve environmental performance including:
Energy efficiency practices
Elimination of waste and emissions
Internal recycling of waste
Closed loop and industrial ecology processes
Reference Documents: ASTM E2129 Standard Practice for Data Collection for Sustainability Assessment of Building Products to assess the sustainability of products and manufacturing operations; Flooring products can be assessed per NSF/ANSI Standard 140 or Standard 332.